UK offers aid to improve life in poorest areas
Updated: 2006-05-19 09:07
An aid package worth nearly US$200m over the next five years has been
launched, with the aim of solving the problems of some of China's poorest and
most vulnerable people.
Unveiled yesterday by the UK Department for
International Development (DFID) in Beijing, the Country Assistance Plan (CAP)
for China will see China receive around 105 million pounds in aid from the
British Government between now and 2011.
Western China will be the main
beneficiary, with support for programmes tackling HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis,
solving water and sanitation problems and providing basic education in areas
including Gansu, Sichuan, Henan, Yunnan and Xinjiang.
"When I visited
China late last year I saw the achievements of Chinese people in increasing
access to quality basic education, controlling tuberculosis, generating
employment and responding to climate change, and I know the government of China
is deeply concerned about these issues. I'm pleased that DFID can help find
solutions," said Gareth Thomas, the UK's under-secretary of state for
international development, in a speech recorded specially for the
According to head of DFID in China Adrian Davis, the CAP for China
was devised with particular emphasis on the Millennium Development Goals, an
internationally agreed list of targets for reducing poverty by 2015.
looked at the goals and decided which of the targets were the most pressing for
China and which we were most able to help achieve," he said.
of money involved may sound large, but it actually represents less than 0.1 per
cent of China's GDP China doesn't need this in financial terms, but what
we are able to offer is specific skills and approaches where we have knowledge
and experience that China perhaps doesn't have."
In the field of
education for example, the money will be spent on projects such as the
construction of new schools, teacher training and improvement of education
management and administration.
Thanking Britain for its contribution to
tackling poverty in China, China's Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yin Zonghua
said the government was committed to eradicating poverty and associated
"The projects we have running such as the AIDS prevention
programmes in Yunnan and Sichuan and the basic education project in Gansu are an
example of how successful we can be if we work together hand in hand," he
"We are determined to work together with all countries including
Britain to solve these problems."
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